Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses Teoxane products

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses Teoxane products

Teoxane offers a line of medical-grade cosmeceutical products that are specially designed to work synergistically with a variety of aesthetic procedures. The powerful formulas promote healing and allow you to maintain your anti-aging results.

Teoxane products contain high-quality hyaluronic acid, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Hyaluronic acid is found in nearly all filler injections. It is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that is responsible for keeping the skin plump, firm and hydrated. As we age, our bodies produce less and less hyaluronic acid, and skin becomes drier and more tired and deflated in appearance. When injected or applied topically, hyaluronic acid has the power to moisturize, plump and firm the skin, filling in folds and creases, and creating a smoother, more radiant appearance at the surface level.

Teoxane products contain the same patented hyaluronic acid used in the company’s range of Teosyal injectable fillers. It is the richest concentration available on the skin care market, and when applied topically, it can help prolong the results of fillers.

Resilient Hyaluronic Acid, or RHA, along with the Dermo-Restructuring Complex, make up the key ingredients in this prestigious skin care line. The Dermo-Restructuring Complex combines three antioxidants, eight amino acids, two minerals and vitamin B6 to help stimulate collagen production, protect the cells and facilitate healing.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends Teoxane products for those undergoing cosmetic procedures.

Teoxane products are perfect for those undergoing procedures such as filler injections, laser treatments, microdermabrasion and others. Since the products contain the same medical-quality hyaluronic acid as filler injections, they are a superior choice for maintaining results. Teoxane products are also gentle enough for those who struggle with skin disorders such as eczema and rosacea, and they are wonderful for anyone who would like to address aging concerns in general.

Try Teoxane RHA Serum from LovelySkin.com, owned and operated by Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Teoxane RHA Serum Fundamental Revitalizing Concentrate works with the skin’s natural renewal processes to help encourage cell turnover and tissue restructuring. It has the power to intensely hydrate the skin for an instant tightening effect and a visibly more youthful appearance. In clinical studies, patients experienced minimized skin fatigue in as little as 14 days. Applying just a few drops morning and evening will give the skin the boost of moisture, vitamins and antioxidants it needs to regain its glow and radiance.

Do you have a question for Dr. Joel Schlessinger about Teoxane products? Let us know in the comments section.

CSF Testimonial from Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Dr. Jegasothy

By Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy

I have been attending Cosmetic Surgery Forum since its inauguration in 2007. I had known Dr. Schlessinger to be a stand-out lecturer, aesthetic innovator, compassionate physician and warm friend for sometime, so I was not only eager to support the conference, I knew that it would be well worth my time academically.

Attending the conference every year since then has been more educationally-rewarding and enjoyable than I expected. The registration and accommodation process is streamlined, while the Cosmetic Surgery Forum staff is friendly, competent and efficient. Requests are handled in a warm, personal style, rather than the “cold” corporate style of most other medical conferences I have attended. The format of the meeting itself invites total audience engagement, so that discussions are lively and entertaining. Plenty of time is allotted with each session for Q & A, which both encourages spontaneous learning from a larger variety of colleagues and discourages long “canned” lectures (with too many slides!) seen in many of our society meetings.

Because Cosmetic Surgery Forum is fun (Las Vegas during the holiday season is FABULOUS!) and educationally-unique, it attracts the highest-level aesthetic physician experts. This further adds to its value from a networking and extra-curricular perspective. My mother usually meets me in Las Vegas when I attend Cosmetic Surgery Forum, it is out “holiday season trip” together, and we never plan to stop! I cannot overemphasize how valuable Cosmetic Surgery Forum has been in my practice growth. You should attend – Cosmetic Surgery Forum is more than worth your time…

S. Manjula Jegasothy MD

President, Miami Skin Institute

Clinical Professor of Dermatology

University of MiamiMillerSchool of Medicine

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses AQUAGOLD Fine Touch

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses AQUAGOLD Fine Touch

AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is a new microneedling device that boosts collagen production while treating common signs of aging.  It takes the classic microneedling process a step further by simultaneously addressing concerns like dryness and fine lines with a targeted treatment.

AQUAGOLD Fine Touch complements any in-office treatment, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

This unique device is the perfect finishing touch for your in-office treatments. AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is a glass vial topped with 20 hair-thin needles. As these needles make contact with the dermis, they deliver whatever liquid is in the vial to the complexion, such as hyaluronic acid or a topical serum.

This microneedling treatment is gentler on skin than roller techniques, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Because the needles pass over skin, AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is relatively painless. Unlike classic roller techniques that can cause microtears in the skin, this device won’t cause bleeding because it applies the microneedles perpendicular to the skin. The treatment requires no downtime so you can immediately continue with your daily routine.

AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is also innovative in that the device is an individual unit that isn’t reused from person to person. This makes the treatment sterile for each patient, unlike rollers and other techniques that require reusable units and materials. This cleanliness is ultimately why Dr. Joel Schlessinger chose to add AQUAGOLD Fine Touch to his practice.

Do you have questions about AQUAGOLD Fine Touch? Share with us in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses how using expired products may harm your skin

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Dr. Schlessinger discusses expired products

Many of us have opened products in our drawers and cabinets that we purchased months or even years ago. It’s natural to want to hold onto a pricey product, or one that we think may come in handy someday. However, much like the jars and cans in your kitchen, skin care and cosmetics have a shelf-life, and applying products past their suggested use-by date could potentially harm your skin.

Once a container has been opened and exposed to air, the product begins to oxidize, and bacteria will naturally begin to spread. Though many products include preservatives to help combat bacteria, after a time, the amount of bacteria will grow too large, and the effects of the preservative will dwindle. Once bacteria contaminates the face, it can cause breakouts, disrupt the skin’s natural balance and exacerbate other skin issues.

Active ingredients can become more potent over time, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

In addition, certain active ingredients like retinol and glycolic acid may become more potent over time. This can cause irritation, dryness and allergic reaction in the form of a rash. Unstable anti-aging ingredients, such as the vitamin C found in many serums, can break down quickly when exposed to air, rendering the formula ineffective and potentially irritating to the skin. Similarly, sunscreen actives break down over three to five months once opened and lose their ability to protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

In the United States, expiration dates for skin care and makeup are not necessary for certain products. You’ll find dates on products with potent active ingredients (namely sunscreen and acne treatments), but you will rarely find them on other types of products. Many companies are choosing to include a use-by date or manufacturing date on their packaging for your convenience, but it is not a requirement and it can vary as to usefulness. This is why it is important to understand the shelf-life of various types of products.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests replacing makeup regularly to avoid bacteria.

Though not every product comes with an expiration date, there are definitive guidelines for a product’s shelf life. When it comes to cosmetics, be especially cautious with eye makeup and any products with packaging that is reached into with fingers. Eyeliner and mascara, the two products that are applied closest to the eye and tear duct, have the most potential to cause a bacterial infection of the eye. Mascara should be discarded after about three months, along with liquid and gel eyeliners. Eyeliner pencils may last anywhere from six months to two years.

Powder cosmetics have a longer shelf-life than liquids because bacteria typically need water in order to thrive. Powder eye shadows and foundations should be good for two years. Liquid concealers and foundations last from six months to a year. Lip liners and lipsticks last for two to three years.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends Klix brushes to ensure that you always have a clean brush on hand.

Old cosmetics aren’t the only culprit for harboring bacteria. If they are not cleaned regularly, your makeup brushes can trap dirt, oil, dead skin cells and bacteria, contaminating the face and exacerbating acne. Brushes should be cleaned as often as possible.

If you’re short on time, Klix brushes are the perfect solution. These face brushes are the only tools on the market that come complete with removable heads. Available in powder, blush and concealer brush varieties, you can simply click on a new one without replacing your entire brush. Purchase replacement heads separately for your convenience, and place a new one on daily to assure that you always have a clean brush on hand. This will help keep bacteria out of your makeup as well.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares advice for keeping track of product use-by dates.

Cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens last about a year after opening. Serums last from six months to a year, depending upon active ingredients. Acne spot treatments can last up to two years. Remember that if a skin care product changes color or texture or develops a foul odor, throw it away. And keep in mind that many natural or organic skin care companies choose to leave preservatives out of their formulas, making shelf-life even shorter.

Keeping track of your products can be difficult. I recommend writing the date you opened the product on the container in permanent marker. This way, you won’t have to guess just when it’s time to let it go.

Do you have a question for Dr. Joel Schlessinger about expired products? Let us know in the comments section.